In a preview of the state meet this coming weekend, the Thunder Basin High School cross-country teams enjoyed a scenic race on Saturday for one last tune-up for the state’s biggest races. Four Bolts finished in the top 20 against the best runners in the east and both the boys and girls’ teams finished fifth overall.
It took an extra day to complete but TBHS managed to host the 4A East Conference cross-country finals Saturday at Cam-Plex Park. Originally set for Friday, the races were moved a day to allow more snow to melt and meet workers to plow and mark 5,000 meters through the winding course.
Leading the Thunder Basin boys was Alex Draper. The senior was 14th out of more than three dozen runners at the conference finals as he posted a time of 18 minutes, 2.49 seconds.
Jacob Frentheway of Cheyenne Central won the conference title as he was clocked at 16:23.54. His effort led Indians to the team title with 22 points, followed by Sheridan with 54 and Cheyenne East at 86.
The second Bolt to finish the eastern finals was freshman Patrick Hardesty who posted a time of 18:43.5. Just a couple of steps back at third for TBHS was senior Carter Matthews with an 18:45.5.
Fourth for Thunder Basin was freshman Spenser Erickson who stopped the clock at 19:09.75, just ahead of teammate freshman Connor Phipps at 19:23.76. Next in for the Bolts were juniors Nicholas Juelfs with a time of 19:34.20 and Brandt Coombs at 20:16.95.
Thunder Basin boys
Alex Draper, Sr., 18:02.49
Patrick Hardesty, Fr., 18:43.5
Carter Matthews, Sr., 18:45.5
Spenser Erickson, Fr., 19:09.75
Connor Phipps, Fr., 19:23.76
Nicholas Juelfs, Jr., 19:34.20
Brandt Coombs, Jr., 20:16.95
Junior varsity Bolts
Ethan Nichols, Fr., 20:41.12
Reid Pollick, Soph., 21:02.73
Brendon Miller, Fr., 21:40.78
Jaiden Hand, Fr., 22:19.19
Caleb Crabtree, Soph., 23:02.86
Boys varsity standings
1. Cheyenne Central, 22
2. Sheridan, 54
3. Cheyenne East 86
4. Campbell County, 101
5. Thunder Basin, 124
The Thunder Basin girls also finished fifth overall. They were led by a talented team of seven which saw three runners finish in the top 20 individually.
The leader of the pack was Rylee Brandon. The speedy senior was 12th overall after she finished the three-mile course in a time of 20:56.75.
The conference champion was senior Kaya Pillivant who led Cheyenne Central to the team title after she recorded the fastest time of 19:07.62.
Also finishing among the leaders was senior Abby Arnold who was 15th overall after she posted a time of 21:06.92. Just a couple of steps back was teammate freshman Clara Bourgeois who was 19th at 21:32.18.
Next in for the Bolts was sophomore Megan Doherty who clocked a 22:28.45, just ahead of freshman teammate Syri Johnson at 22:47.86. They were followed by TBHS runners freshman Adelynn Matthews with a 23:38.76 and senior Madison Lubben at 25:11.18.
Cheyenne Central took the clean sweep of the team titles as it finished first with 24 points. Cheyenne East was second with 58 points and Sheridan was third at 69.